Why I’m so Unbelievably Excited for Book 3 of The Legend of Korra

It’s sort of interesting to read the flow of discussion as this offseason continues. There were spurts of time in which discussion was quite fun to get involved in for the mere fact that there were topics to discuss. Then there were spurts of time in which discussion revolved around merely finding topics to discuss. Such is the flow of discussion in a community eagerly awaiting the return of their show. The return of a show, might I add, that I’m beginning to feel an unusual amount of excitement for. That unusual amount of excitement has always resided in me, but I didn’t take notice of it until very recently.

It’s currently Thursday late-morning in my time zone, and upon waking up today, I found myself thinking a great deal about Book 3. I thought about possible release dates and marketing schemes. I thought about expectations. And once I took notice of my unusual excitement and expectations, I made it a point to understand why I felt that way.

Why was I feeling so good about Book 3 all of a sudden?

I soon realized that it was because I began to notice the excitement and importance of all the details we’ve been told about Book 3 thus far. Since the very beginning, we’ve only been told good things about Book 3 – things that did justice in sparking excitement and optimism for a short while. But why didn’t that excitement and optimism carry on to spark endless discussion?

Well – because people forget. It’s as simple as that. In order to remind all of you why we should be excited for Book 3, we’ll need to wind the clock back to the start of the Book 2 offseason in 2012. Dreaded period, I know, but there was a lot of Book 3 information in that period that may have been overlooked.

Tenzin and his family.

Back in October of 2012, Seychelle Gabriel (voice of Asami) tweeted that the first script of Book 3 had been complete and that she’s loving Tenzin in the new season. This doesn’t say much about Book 3, but it does confirm that Tenzin remains a likable character who’s likely primed to receive a ton of development this season.

As a well-known Tenzin-lover, this is great news for me, provided that it turns out true. Character development is always a plus.

One month later, Grey DeLisle took to twitter to confirm that she will be voicing a female bender who is supposedly an antagonist. In case you are unfamiliar with DeLisle’s work, she’s best known around the Avatar community as the voice of Azula.

The fact that DeLisle is voicing yet another female antagonist is interesting since that description directly correlates with Azula. Grey already confirmed that she’s not returning to voice Azula, but could she be returning to voice the descendant of Azula (if she exists)?

After all, Dante Basco returned to the Avatar world in order to voice General Iroh II, descendant of Zuko. Would it be fair to expect Grey to do the same thing?

Either way, it’ll be nice to have Grey return to the show regardless the relation to Azula. Her role as a Spirit was a bit disappointing in Book 2 simply because the Spirit had a very minimal role. My expectation is that Grey’s character will have a larger role this time around, but at the very least, her character will be human.

Lin Beifong will have a greater role in Book 3.

In August of last year, Mike and Bryan visited a Barnes & Noble in Los Angeles to answer several fan questions. At the time, the Book 2 offseason was still technically underway, so most of the questions asked were related to Book 2. However, the co-creators did mention Book 3 briefly, stating that Lin Beifong would have a much greater role in that season.

Book 2 was a bit of a rough patch for Lin, but she really grew as a character upon realizing her mistakes.

Now that Lin no longer resembles an ignorant, stereotypical cop, her character will once again be likable in Book 3. Not to mention, we should get a look at her backstory at some point next season. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if a flash back of Toph made its way into the season.

At the same Barns & Noble event, a fan asked the co-creators whether or not Korra and Asami would ever truly be friends as the series progressed. The co-creators’ response to that question was very promising:

“Yes, definitely! I think it’s cool because sometimes when you first meet someone you don’t get off to the best start, but then later you become really great, close friends, and that’s something you’re going to be seeing more of with Korra and Asami in the future.”

A Korra-Asami friendship needs to happen, and based on what the co-creators have said, it looks like the friendship could occur in Book 3. As quoted, sometimes you just don’t get off to the best start when meeting someone new. Korra and Asami didn’t get off to the best start because they went after the same guy from the beginning.

Korra and Asami need to be friends this season.

Even after Book 2 ended, their relationship could still be described as rocky. According to the co-creators, however, that will change in Book 3. Along with that change should be the end of the inner love triangle, as the inner love triangle was what put a strain on the relationship in the first place.

In November of last year, an interview with the Wall Street Journal confirmed that Book 3 takes place just a few weeks after the conclusion of Book 2. One of my biggest gripes about Book 2 is the extensive amount of time it skips after the conclusion of Book 1. There’s no aftermath of the Equalist regime; not even a mention. That’s hardly realistic if you ask me, but it serves its purpose. Mike and Bryan wanted distinctively separate Books from the start, so it should be no surprise that Book 1 and Book 2 felt separate.

Book 2 and Book 3, however, are a completely different story. The reveal that Book 3 takes places several weeks after Book 2 is tremendous news. It’s safe to conclude that the stories of Book 2 and Book 3 are very much linked, aside from the main antagonist. Korra’s decision to release Spirits into the physical world will have repercussions that will be demonstrated in Book 3.

Below is a quote from Bryan Konietzko explaining Book 3’s overall plot:

“A lot changed at the end of book 2 that sets the stage for Book 3. Korra decided to leave the Spirit Portals open for the first time in 10,000 years, so that means spirits can more easily flow into the physical world and humans, if they choose, can physically enter the Spirit World. And you can travel from the North Pole to the South Pole in a matter of a minute. Harmonic convergence was a major event where this crazy spirit energy; we saw it wash over the entire globe and pass through everything and every person, so, it remains to be seen what effects that had on people and the world. There was quite a bit of destruction from the crazy battle between giant spirit Korra and Unavaatu, and Unavaatu did this thing where he caused all these spirit vines to grow, so now there’s this thing where we have this giant metropolis but there’s these crazy jungle vines growing over huge sections of it where these spirit wilds like from Wan’s time have kind of cropped up throughout the city. And now there’s going to be spirits hanging out in those, and so a lot has changed, and it’s only a few weeks later.”

Spirits, Republic City, Spirit Wilds… there’ll be a lot going on at the start of Book 3 and Korra will be at the center of it. It’ll be interesting to see how she handles such a complicated situation, especially without the connection to her past lives.

In February of this year, we learned arguably the most exciting fact about Book 3 released thus far. According to Jeremey Zuckerman, Book 3’s level of emotion will be similar to that of Avatar: The Last Airbender‘s. If you recall, the level of emotion is what made Avatar: The Last Airbender what it is, to some degree. Emotion is what allowed us, as an audience, to connect with the characters. It allowed us to connect to the overall plot. And it allowed us to connect with the Avatar world as a whole.

Emotion is everything, and when the level of motion in Book 3 is compared to that of Avatar: The Last Airbender’s, that’s noteworthy. That builds expectation. That builds excitement.

Several weeks after the big reveal, we received… it.

Potentially Zuko on a red Dragon?

The Book 3 clip leaked from Netherlands was an exciting time for this fandom. Considering its short length, the clip revealed an unbelievable amount of information.

One scene shows Team Avatar exiting an airship, hinting at exploration this season. Another scene shows Korra attacking a group of earth benders, hinting that the Earth Kingdom could serve as some form of an antagonist. The most intriguing scene, however, shows what appears to be Zuko aboard a red Dragon.

Exploration.

Earth Kingdom.

Zuko.

Dragons.

Those are a lot of prominent elements that also made up Avatar: The Last Airbender. In fact, Book 3 appears to have a lot in common with Avatar: The Last Airbender as far as we know. Along with exploration, Earth Kingdom involvement, Zuko and Dragons, we have a short gap between seasons, Grey DeLisle reprising an antagonistic female bender and a similar level of emotion.

It seems as though every piece of information we’ve received correlates with Avatar: The Last Airbender in some way. It’s not a huge deal, as The Legend of Korra is, in fact, a spin-off of Avatar: The Last Airbender, but it’s worth mentioning regardless.

Hopefully all of these elements translate as seamlessly in a shorter amount of time.

Last month, I published a bit of inside information from a source I was indirectly in contact with. Just the recap, the source basically said that he understood the flaws of Book 2, but Book 3 would be better. Just to clarify, this was said before Book 2 came out so it’s not like he was hyping the up-in-coming content.

I received a bit of heat for publishing this, as many people deemed this information useless. Make what you want with it; I published it simply because it was information I had. Regardless, we have someone on the inside claiming that Book 3 will be better than Book 2.

I truly hope that’s the case.

Villain from Book 3.

Last weekend, Bryan published an image depicting Book 3’s enemy. This was the moment when I consciously stepped back and began to realize that Book 3 could be something special. There was something distinct about the villain that reminded me of characters from Avatar: The Last Airbender.

The image was obviously very blurry, but it reminded me very much of an earth bender – which further piles more evidence onto the idea that the Earth Kingdom will host the antagonist for this season.

Outside from the type of bender, this particular villain truly looks terrifying. He sort of resembles a cross between Admiral Zhao and Chin the Conqueror – the villain from Avatar Kyoshi’s time. From what I can make out, the villain appears to have a long black beard and a small pony tail resembling that of Uncle Iroh’s in Book 1. He also looks broad-shouldered and heavily armored.

In short, he looks terrifying – and that’s a very, very good thing.

In order for a story to succeed, the villain needs to terrify the audience. Just look at horror classics such as Psycho and Halloween. If Norman Bates and Michael Myers didn’t strike fear into the hearts of its viewers, do you think the movies would still be considered classics as they are today?

Outside of the original Psycho movie and Bates Motel, I don’t know much about the franchise. I do, however, know a lot about the Halloween franchise. One thing I’ve noticed is that as the Halloween movies continue, they get worse and worse (not a huge revelation). Some may blame that on the repetitiveness of the plot. While I don’t discount that, I put more of the blame on the fact that Michael Myers began to lose his fear-factor.

As the series went on, costume designers changed his mask a bit, making him look slightly odd. The main theme song was also tweaked, making Michael’s presence less terrifying. There were several other factors that were changed as well, such as Michael’s distinct mobility, and they all came together to produce a version of Michael Myers that had half the flair of the one from the original movie.

Michael Myers lost his fear-factor and the entire franchise ultimately went down-hill. Rob Zombie did come back to revive the franchise, but that’s a topic entirely of its own that I won’t go into simply because it’s irrelevant.

The point is, in order for a story to succeed, its antagonist must be fearful. While Korra will always be the main character of the series, each antagonist will also be the main character of its respective season. In order for a season to thrive, its main characters must thrive. Team Avatar as a whole must be likeable and the villain must be fearful.

Fortunately, I’m getting that vibe of fear just by looking at a blurred image of Book 3’s villain. I can’t wait to get to know his personality when the season premieres.

With that, we’ve covered everything there is to look forward to regarding Book 3. As you can see, there really isn’t a single piece of bad news revealed over the course of the past several years. Every bit of news adds to the excitement for Book 3.

I’m more excited for Book 3 now than I’ve ever been. Are you?

  • QAC

    Not excited yet, maybe in a few weeks when we get some more details on the premier date etc..But hey, maybe I’ll wake up one morning randomly excited..:p who knows?

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

      Ha! I was watching Good Will Hunting this morning, so the movie did put me in a more optimistic mood. Great movie, by the way. Do check it out if you already haven’t.

      • Azulaalwayslies

        I love Good Will Hunting! One of the greatest!

  • Tamare

    I hope Tenzin,Bumi,and Lin Bei Fong will show alot more flashbacks with these three but I wonder if Kya will be seen in this book. I know that Korra might have a few tensions there in the Earth Kingdom. But I still hope that Zuko will be seen towards the end of book 3. Probably the villan will cause the Earth Kingdom to have an anti-avatar revolution and Zuko will be there to help. Is anyone wondering what happened to Suki and the Kyoshi Warriors as well as why does Lin have those scars on her face expessionally where is Ty Lee and. Mai are coment back

  • http://korraspirit.tumblr.com/ Korra Spirit

    Very nice post! I am excited for Book 3, but I’ll make a better judgement of my excitement either when the trailer is released. I do actually have high hopes for this season though.

    • ajames123

      hey, korraspirit… is that really you?

      • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

        Based on the email I see for the account, it is Korra Spirit.

  • Ariana Moreno

    if the creators fulfill the fandom’s expectations, then awesome!! i am excited for book 3, but i am also being cautious about it as well. i prefer not to make a judgment about book 3 completely until we have seen the whole thing.

    • Legama

      I think that the magic formula for this season to be awesome, and make everyone happy is if this season becomes similar to ATLA, if it has the same feelings, kind of enemies, adventure plot and character development. For now it looks like it will be like that, but yes, lets see what does the future has to offer.

      • Ariana Moreno

        indeed :p

  • ajames123

    Come on people, That was just RGB parade that looks like a ghost. it never reveal anything! and a terrifying villain similar to azula and amon is a good idea, but too terrifying villain is a bad idea, and yes im excited for book 3.

    • Zuzu

      So true, that image reveals nothing.

    • Korrava

      He’s referring to the face. The face is clear, even Bryan stated that.

  • InternalMeaning

    Grey delisle actually said that she would be voicing a “water bending ‘bad girl’”. So for obvious reasons, I doubt she’ll voice a descendant of azula (from the looks of her at the end of ATLA/the search I doubt she had children). Also, I don’t think we should be quick to assume she plays an antagonist. If you hear the way she says “bad girl” in the interview, it sounds more like the character will be akin to June from atla.

    Either way, I’m glad she’s back for more than a couple five second characters, as funny as the spirit mushroom was last season.

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

      Antagonist means bad. And there are different variations of an antagonist. Grey’s character doesn’t have to be a major antagonist like Amon. She could be a minor antagonist like June was. Also, if Azula had a child with a water bender, the child could very will be a water bender as well.

      I’m not saying it’s going to happen, but it’s technically possible.

      • InternalMeaning

        I suppose. I still feel as though she’ll be on the “good” side, just maybe rough around the edges. Think catwoman: in it for herself, but still inherently good. Come to think of it, June reminds me a lot of catwoman lol.

      • korosh

        In The Search, the visions of Ursa told Azula that she loved her and her beautiful destiny wasn’t the throne. The events in the comics were exactly as what the visions told. When she realized that she ran to The Forgetful Valley because she needed some time.That was why Aang let her have her space.So her beautiful destiny wouldn’t include having a waterbending child. She could have children but they don’t have to be present in the story.

    • Zuzu

      I’d like to point out that Grey Delisle will be voicing 2 characters, one is a “bad girl waterbender” and the other she didn’t specify her bending because it would reveal spoilers.

    • korosh

      It was speculated that Grey would voice Zuko’s daughter. As for Azula, the visions of Ursa in The Search told her she would have a beautiful destiny.

      • Zuzu

        Zuko’s daughter having the voice of Azula? But i think she would have the opposite personality to Azula, because why would Zuko crown his daughter if she were to be like Azula, that’s judging if she were to be voiced by Grey Delisle.

        • korosh

          She could be an awesome firebender like her aunt, father, great-uncle, Iroh. She could bend blue fire and some fan artists drew her to resemble Azula.Her personality can inspire respect.Grey voiced many characters like Kya and Roku’s wife. Iroh II has the voice of Zuko but he isn’t Zuko.

          • Zuzu

            Do you mean the Kya, Katara’s Mother or Kya Tenzins brother, because Grey didn’t voice Tenzin’s sister.

          • Korosh

            Yes, you are right.

  • Azulaalwayslies

    Thank you posting this Keval! I had completely forgotten about the interview where Bryke mentioned that the spiritual energy left over after Harmonic Convergence has changed the world.

    I’m getting a vibe towards the impossible becoming possible. A villain that can do something we’ve NEVER seen before? New bending techniques anyone? Amon’s bloodbending technique – Unalaq’s spiritbending – Book 3 villain ________?

    I’ve got a feeling that we might see a villain partially bending space/time. I know that seems random but hear me out. Because both the spirit world and the physical world are so connected, might it be possible for a person to manipulate the spiritual energy that has been dispersed throughout the world to bend reality? He might have to be some kind of spirit-human hybrid, but we’ve seen it before! Korra and UnaVaatu both became pure energy and traveled with incredible speed to Republic City. THAT WOULD SCARE THE SH*T OUT OF THE KREW. He could almost instantly travel anywhere in the world with his teleporting abilities and NO ONE could stop him!

    Not based on anything factual, but I got a feeeeeeling…

    • Zuzu

      A sound theory, which is not out of the realm of possibility, I actually like it!

      • Azulaalwayslies

        Thanks for the feedback Zuzu! I really feel that when he mentioned this:

        “Harmonic convergence was a major event where this crazy spirit energy; we saw it wash over the entire globe and pass through everything and every person, so, it remains to be seen what effects that had on people and the world.”

        That this would be the primary driving force for the plot of Book 3. It explains the need to travel, why there are “many villains”, and how Book 3 is going to be “something else entirely”.

        We could see some of the craziest bending abilities out there. Space/time bending is the basically mastery of the 3rd dimension, absolutely plausible when the Spirit mojo mixes with everything.

    • josh ambro

      I also think that there will be a new bending ability. Maybe the unknown air bender in the sneak preview from the Netherlands would have the ability make and control sound through air bending or even firebenders would have the ability to use thunder and bend the nerves in a human body. I think it would be cool to see something like that. Maybe Mako could discover nerve bending. I hope we meet some new villians with new abilities not yet seen maybe oxygen bending. Unfortunalty it will be hard to make the perfect season with enough character development and action. Really can’t wait till the season starts. :-)

      • Zuzu

        Oxygen bending is taking it too far, but i do like your theory for a sub element for air, and i hope we see one. Currently all the other elements have a sub technique, but i think energy bending might be the sub element for air. What i just said was a contradiction because i’m not 100 percent sure about this. Is energy bending a sub element for air? Because the air nomads were friends with spirits and connected to the pure cosmic energy of the universe, clearly what Aang and Korra did, and the air nomads from Wan’s time. I believe that the sub element for air is energy bending for this reason, but there might be something new, who knows?

        • http://www.pinterest.com/destodes/avatar-legend-of-aang-legend-of-korra/ The OnionMan

          You all forgot something.
          Meelo already discovered a new bending-ability of the air-nomads: The fart-bending :)

          • Zuzu

            Meelo is pro. No air bender compares to Meelo.

      • Zuzu

        I think it will be fine, with the character development and everything.

    • Zuzu

      Korra is learning something in every Book or gaining new powers, so far Book 1 she finally connected with her spiritual side and unlocked the avatar state, Book 2 she learns how to energy bend. Truly this only builds up the suspense for Book 3 and Book 4. I wonder what she’ll learn.

  • Legama

    Thanks for this great recapitulation, now we are even more excited for Book 3, even if it still is a few months away. I completely agree with you, if a villain is terrifying, it becomes an antagonist to be remembered. Amon was a good example of this. Now in this brief recap I have to say that you forgot an important point. Remember that Mako’s Spanish voice Oscar Olivares, said that the season will have lots of villains, which I think will be an important part of this season’s plot. Now we know that the guy in the blur picture will be the main villain, but that doesn’t mean there wont be other important enemies in the way.

  • Sibis

    Asami and Korra is just more complex than simply chasing after Mako. Korra went after him, got him to stray, and conspire with (Mako and Bolin) to keep the whole incident hidden from Asami. Then there is the upheaval of her normal life as a result of meeting Mako and being involved.

    If Asami and Korra is going to be explored then their history has to be brought up, acknowledged, and addressed.

    Book 2 at least once has ignored the past like when Mako said he would do nothing to hurt Asami.

    • Legama

      I’m the only one around here who wants Mako to die in this season?

      • blood red rose

        Of course not and I’m a shipper!
        (You know it’s bad when the people who ship want him killed off)

        • KorraFan7

          He’s not going to die! He’s one of the main characters and is part of team avatar. I really want Asami to die but she won’t. since she’s also one of the main characters. again. I’ll say say this as many times as I like. It’s the writer’s and maker’s fault for what Mako did. Mako is a cartoon character. He’s not real T_T

      • Sibis

        I just prefer for Mako to go away from the entire group. He’s been a major thorn in the ass at times as all he generally does is cause unnecessary distress or irritation to the others.

        The overuse of deception, backstabbing, and secrecy which has been a problem for the writing of LOK, has been the keystones to Mako’s character. If that part of the writing changes, then Mako would also have to change as a result.

  • Zuzu

    I also want to mention that Korra news is coming near as PJ Byrne tweeted: Waiting to lay down some #Korra @nickelodeontv with my #Zebra pal! http://instagram.com/p/m5n6YftyCt/

    • Korrava

      I sound stupid for saying this, but how does this tell us that news is coming?

      • Zuzu

        Many people have favourited this and commented on, saying we will finally get some news on book 3. There is a possibility he will leak some information on Book 3.

        • Korrava

          Don’t listen to the people. They have absolutely no information on whether or not he wil share Book 3 news. I hope he does, but it’s probably not going to happen sadly.

          • Zuzu

            But this is what PJ Byrne tweeted, i doubt he’d just talk about Korra Book 1 and 2 and not mention Book 3 at all.

          • Aang

            Trust me we have all been optimistic for a long time it ends in disappointment if ur pessimistic and the news doesnt come it wont affect u and if it does come u’ll be happy anyway!

    • Ariana Moreno

      that same zebra looks like the one used for the gum mascot XD for the brand fruit stripes

    • Legama

      Do you smell that. Yeah…. it’s weeeed. @_@

  • PurplePlatypusBear

    If it’s any consolations that the Grey DeLisle spirit was so minimal, he also voiced the mushroom spirit that Tenzin and his siblings saw in the spirit world…

    • Zuzu

      What?! Grey Deslile is female…

      • PurplePlatypusBear

        No she did the voice. Actually, she does a lot of young male extra characters’ voices. Like that little trick-or-treater kid (Gorney, or something) in Gravity Falls that got eaten by the Trickster? Yeah, that was her. Mind blown, right? It’s amazing how many voices she does. Vicky from fairly odd parents, Kitty from Tuff puppy, that older, red haired girl in Foster’s home for imaginary friends, and I know there’s a LOT more I just can’t think off the top of my head.

        • Zuzu

          Wow, i didn’t know. Thanks for telling me. OMG she voiced that spirit mushroom.

          • PurplePlatypusBear

            Ikr? Yeah, never go on her IMDB page. It’s TOO MUCH READING. Argh, it made my brain hurt. I gave up, there were just too many credits.

  • Sibis

    The biggest thing Book 3 and 4 has to do; get rid of the secrecy, the lying, the deception, and the backstabbing. Stop having the story justify it.

    It’s the biggest stain on the series and doesn’t benefit any of the protagonists. This just leaves us to question the validity of their friendships out side of a major goal bringing them to work together.

    LOK would be a lot better if everyone on the protagonist side wasn’t doing this sort of stuff. Or they learn from it by being less naive, like the others are less trustworthy of Mako after Book 1 and 2.

    • Sibis

      I tend to see TLA as having the better writing. It had the secrecy, the lying, the deception, and the backstabbing, which had a more satisfactory handling.

      Jet deceived Katara and she got angry at him where she froze him to a tree. Zuko betrayed her trust. She threatens to kill him if he crosses the line. Zuko helps Katara which earns him her forgiveness.

  • PurplePlatypusBear

    I’m getting even more excited about the villain! The more I think about him, the more I get chills! I hope he has an awesome theme song. Just an initial impression, and maybe I’m just getting my hopes up, but he strikes me as a sort of forceful kind of genius tyrant that is kind of hanging right on the brink of snapping. He is sane, but could go over the edge at any moment, regain his composure and continue on being his awesome, evil self. Kind of like Azula, but even more intimidating and scary because when he gets mad, it’s not like that cold, sharp, quiet, way that Azula dealt with things. She let her tone place fear in her enemies and it controlled them. The new villain will shout at anyone who disobeys, but not just random shouting. He does it not enough that he just seems like some angry guy, because too much would undermine his unpredictable-ness, but just enough that you get scared out of your skin if anyone ever corrects him or insults him. You don’t know what he’s going to do. This guy plants fear through example… Ahhhhh! I’m getting so excited! I want his theme song! Sorry, that probably didn’t make sense, but I’m having an excitement attack! Kind of like an anxiety attack, but better.

    • korosh

      Amon was like that without the craziness. He made Korra feared him. Tarlokk controlled republic city with his intelligence.

      • Zuzu

        The council system was terrible, it’s good they have a president now. The other council members seemed like they didn’t give a damn or they just supported Tarlock because he proposed plans which would be implemented, Tenzin was concerned with the state of divide between non benders and benders. Seriously though, how did those other council members even get a job, you don’t even here them say anything.

      • Zuzu

        Katara can resist blood bending, i know she’s old but if she confronted Amon, he’d already be in jail or something. Plus Katara is also a blood bender.

    • Ozymandias13

      I am hoping we get a kind of villain like Dr Doom. A genius who combines spirit magic with technology, to produce a deadly effect. This would be a new type of enemy. As for his bending ability, I would rather it be something unique to him. No one, not even korra can imitate it. Maybe he can control spirit energy through his tech or his mind, like doombots.

      • Link9150

        Breaking Bad fan I presume?

        • Aang

          Hmm the guy can have the same reason to break bad.”I gotta provide for my family i will sell this high-tech stuff” XD

        • Ozymandias13

          Of course!!

          • Link9150

            Ozymandias is one of the best episodes. Intense as hell.

    • Sibis

      A non-bender villain would be a huge change of pace. For one, the writers would be forced to do some creative thinking to find a way for this person to handle Korra. The kind of villain Korra would have a hard time handling would be someone she can’t beat with just bending.

      The kind of villain Korra needs is someone who fights her on the public stage. Propaganda by controlling perception and message. You seen in Book 2 how bad Korra can handle a small scale backlash from her own people for her stances.

  • tj

    I’m betting that dragon that zuko is riding was hatched from the golden egg from the episode “the firebending masters”

  • Zuzu

    That image of the Villain actually reminds me of that Monkey man Spirit in TLA when Aang adventures off into the spirit world to look for Koh, that Monkey man spirit tells him to chase a fire fly. Remember?

  • Zuzu

    Yeah, i watched Psycho, is that the old movie that was banned, the one where the guy just gets a knife and stabs “her” like 7 times, while shes in her shower. That films incredibly weird.

  • Link9150

    Off the bat, I just need to give you a clap for this article. There was a good positive vibe coming out. Nice writing.
    I must admit that we have been revealed a lot of stuff since the end of Book 2. Like you said, there seems to be a lot of Tenzin going on this season, I just hope it doesn’t take space from Mako, Bolin and Asami.
    A lot seems to be squeezed in thirteen episodes; Lin’s back story must be established, as well as Grey Delisle’s character, Tenzin, Korra, new Team Avatar, co-existence between human spirits, evil and threatening villain (I’m really curious to see if they’ll top Amon) possibly Zuko, so on and so forth.
    I’m really curious to see how they’ll manage all of this.

    • Sibis

      I would prefer more Tenzin time or anything; over Mako, Bolin and Asami time. Those three had their chances in Book 1 and Book 2 which is half the series with nothing of value to build on for Book 3.

      • Link9150

        I agree that if they were even to kill those three I wouldn’t be even sad. But the fact that they are now a main part of the show I’d have the sense of incompletion if they do not develop.
        I’ll have this to say: If by the half of Book 3 they are still as irrelevant as they are from the start I’m just done with them. I’d just wait for the other half of Book 3 and Book 4, stacking the episodes and then watch the entire thing by skipping over their scenes (God knows I wouldn’t be missing anything important anyways, know what I’m sayin’?). Let’s just hope everything works before it’s too late.

        • Sibis

          The writers tried to do something, but just end up making the results irrelevant to the overall main story.

          They are going to try working on Korra and Asami. Then it’s just a matter until Mako wedges into between them and it’s all about Mako and Korra.

          • Link9150

            Looks that way though I wonder if Mako and Korra would still be a couple. The writers made Korra say “For good this time” when she broke up with him during the finale which just shows how even they themselves realized how messy the romance between them was.

            I personally hope that the love triangle is done for good and that the characters develop as solid and in-depth characters with a relevant role rather than trying to hook up with each other.

            Which leads to a good development for Korra & Asami as friends and Mako & Bolin as brothers.

          • Sibis

            I will say “Yes” to that because I don’t expect the writers to give up on the idea of Mako and Korra being together.

            As long Korra stays single and Mako can be with any girl since he’ll drop them out of habit, they’ll be together in the end.

          • Link9150

            I wouldn’t mind Makorra happening again as long as :
            - Mako developed as a character.
            - No more romance until the end of Book 4
            - Not getting in the way of the Team Avatar

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

      Thanks, Link! Just to give you a heads up, I’ll be asking your question when I interview Jeremy Zuckerman tomorrow.

      • Zuzu

        It is Saturday in Australia, evening. I hope ill get to listen to the interview tomorrow (Sunday Morning).

      • Link9150

        Thanks a lot. Can’t wait to see it!

  • Laneskeeper

    Great post Keval!

    It’s probably an incorrect hunch, but I still feel Zhao will be present in Book 3. Just can’t get past this hunch. Im really looking forward to Book 3!

    • Zuzu

      But will Zhao pose a threat, can spirits bend the elements?

      • Laneskeeper

        I don’t think Zhao is a spirit if that’s what you are referring to. I don’t recall spirits bending the elements, but I’m certainly capable of being incorrect with my thinking.

  • Wyatt

    I’m very excited for Book 3, and so I can relate to this post. The one thing I’m not sure I agree with is that a good villain must be “terrifying.” I think a villain should be intimidating, or at least present a viable threat, not necessarily striking fear in the audience, but rather presenting a worthy challenge for the main protagonist (but not just because of power, like Unalaq). Also, I’m not sure Psycho and Halloween are good examples of the sort of villain The Legend of Korra needs, since those were horror/suspense movies and required “fearful” antagonists. I think writers on The Legend of Korra need to take a look back at what made Amon such a strong villain, namely his relatable motives and intimidating presence.

    • Sibis

      No villain has wanted to murder Korra. They’ve been rather kiddie glove when it came to dealing with her. Korra has wound up in positions where her reckless nature should have gotten her killed several times over. Her two main villains have beaten her to defeat and spared her life which came around to backfire on them.

      Korra has never truly feared for her own life. If antagonists are allowed to kill protagonists again, then it would make them more viable like the Fire Nation was in TLA.

      • Zuzu

        Even a villain like Combustion man was pretty intimidating.

      • Zuzu

        Sibis, Since Korra’s connection with her past lives have been cut, some of the scenes will be dramatically intensified.

      • Aang

        Unalaq was about to but kill her but that pheonix like spirit saved her.

    • ahmedumer

      have you seen death note it set the master piece example of a villian you must watch it.

  • Nico

    I won’t mind a time jump in between books 3 and 4. I think it would be cool to have the air bending kids a little more grown up and capable of doing more incredible feats. I’m not saying a decade has to pass, but a couple of years would be alright for me. Most likely they won’t go down this path, but I wouldn’t mind it. They told us from the beginning none of the books were meant to go hand in hand like ATLAs were.

    • justin

      yeah it would actually be really cool if there was more then one capable air bender at a time, or if Tenzin would actually use his bending (we’ve seen his bend like three times in both books).

      • justin

        *his bending

  • Zuzu

    Will Varrick play a role in book 3?

    • Aang

      He can surely replace Bolin as comic relief!!!

      • Zuzu

        I hope someone new joins team avatar

        • Legama

          why? They already got all they need. One rich member which can take them anywhere they want, 2 comic reliefs, one scumbag, one wise teacher, another waterbender, and a mini Katara.

          • Aang

            3 comic releifs right?Bolin,Varrick and Bumi.Well i can understand if ur not counting Bolin!

          • Zuzu

            Do you think Bolin and Mako will have a mansion in book 3, i mean Bolin is super rich, he probably even bought the Blimp from the Netherlands trailer.

          • Aang

            Hmm rich ehh? Actually i like roadside Bolin! XD Never mind i guess he’ll put all his wealth in the restoration of RC which had been destroyed by Unavaatu.

        • Aang

          Well as it is the current team avatar has had very bad development so a new character may not work out.They cant even give much screen time to characters who are already there like Iroh 2.

  • ahmedumer

    in book 1 amon was seriously was one hell of a ghost thats why i preferred it more then book 2 by looking at the villian image of book 3 i guess that this will be not like unalaq he will be a bad ass.

  • Katie

    ***This is just assuming you’re referencing the clip of a female bender (possibly) attacking White Lotus members in front of a White Lotus Compound-sort-of-thing!!

    Alright, concerning the clip of “Korra” attacking some “Earthbenders”, if anyone follows MrGFAnimation, there’s a whole video where he breaks down that 2-3 second clip and goes into extreme detail with it.

    Don’t pay attention to the purple caption stuff-skip straight to the slow-mo clip and anyone here is smart enough to break it down for themselves.

    Just because it’s a woman with long hair and she’s a bender doesn’t mean she’s Korra. Also note there’s a prison-like thing behind the White Lotus guards and the gate is open?

    Sidenote- I’m not sure where I got this from but I seem to remember Grey saying that her character was a waterbender. Just sayin’, I remember something like it.

    • Sibis

      An Airbender is possible. The spirit of a deceased master Airbender could have some skills similar to a Spirit. One being the spirit possession technique and is able to change a bender’s element to air.

  • Aang

    Guys do u think LOK should be treated like a different series all by itself? Cuz everytime i compare ATLA with LOK i get disappointment.Well LOK book 3 sounds good till now thats for sure but still cant say anything if LOK is treated like a new series all by itself considering book 1 and 2 book 3 will definitely be better.

    • ajames123

      Well, LOK and ATLA should not be. and cannot be treated… A new person cannot understand a thing in ATLA, without seeing the ATLA.
      The whole LOK created in a way as a assumption that you already know what is what. you need understand… team avatar, avatar philosophy , basic history of avatar universe to understand each and every aspect of LOK. or else, you have no choice but to watch the series. blindly.

      And, The Deep story, actual comedy, puns, wisdom, philosophy are missing in legend of korra. for sure. Just think about how much story covered in the whole season. well, Even Beginnings 1 and 2… covered more stories than rest of the episodes.

      Book 2 of LOK is a filler when compared to the other books. LOK, especially book 2. is definitely not fulfilling the Avatar standards. People cannot created masterpieces more than once.! they already created one..ATLA!

      • Aang

        Yeah i get what you mean but do you think LOK can ever meet ALTA standards? Well that question above is my point comparing ATLA and LOK ends in disappointment.So in a nutshell i wanna say that comparing the two is not gonna help.We should try to enjoy the way it is!Well of course u cant enjoy it with that excessive romance and back stabbing like in book 2 but book 3 does promise a “Change” X)

        • Sibis

          LOK is less credible than TLA and the story at points lose some understanding.

          Katara would not have put up with Mako.

          • Aang

            Yes it is.

          • JinorahRocks

            LoK is not in any way supposed to be compared to ATLA. It’s like when you are watching the flashbacks with aang and the previous avatars, you want to know about other avatars? Not only know what their bending was but WHO they were, what did THAT particular bender go through in their era and time? I think that this is what Legend of Korra is supposed to be about…..
            Hence, the severing of the past avatar spirits in book 2, which I kind of feel like could’ve been a mistake because that was one of the key elements that made LoK what it is.,
            However, Book 3- change- could be awesome in “filling” in that gap of mourning of the past avatars.
            just my thoughts
            also I would like to add that I am EXCITED to watch this series, I wasn’t disappointed at all with book 1 & 2
            -Lele-

          • Aang

            Well i did say ATLA should not be compared with LOK all the time.Well our opinions differ a little i am fine with the severing of past avatars because its the Legend of “Korra” not the legend of “Past Avatars” and book 2 disappointed me….

      • Korrava

        You’ve got to be kidding? A filler? Go look up the dictionary definition of filler. There was no filler in Book 2, or 1.

        • Aang

          There better be no fillers! I hate fillers!

          • Korrava

            So you hated the fillers in Avatar? Some of them were amazing and did justice to the characters.

          • Aang

            No the fillers in ATLA were fine but i do hate fillers generally and it’d be good if there are none in LOK book 3.

          • Sibis

            LOK just needs smarter fillers where the characters are doing something productive rather than idling around with their thumbs or heads up their butts waiting for the ball to start rolling on the second half of the book.

            At least the characters in TLA were doing something of interest in most of their fillers.

          • Zuzu

            There were many fillers which were important! For example the episode where Katara learns bloodbending, the theatre one, the one where Katara and Toph have a fight over scamming. These all give us a deeper understanding of there personality. Sokka was amazing!

        • ajames123

          “Book 2 of LOK is a filler when compared to the other books.” <— Please understand, Its a comparison… not a direct statement.

          • Zuzu

            I disagree, Book 2 isn’t a filler when compared to Book 1 or Korra or the other Books of Avatar. xD

      • Zuzu

        Fillers in Avatar are actually important for character development, what people are frustrated about is that book 2 had fillers that didn’t appeal, although i enjoyed the one where Tenzin and his siblings had to go find Jinora, that was actually important. While the “sting” was actually a pretty enjoying episode, people were simply “angry” about the fact that Mako changed girlfriends and basically ditched Asami again when he gets out of prison, I must say the Nuctuk chronicles were good, especially when it was airing on the big screens of the pro bending arena. But then again as everyone says, they weren’t as good as TLA. I’m really looking forward to some more character development and an episode similar to the “tales of Ba Sing Se” with everyone having their own mini plot, they were entertaining and saddening to see, especially Irohs tale.
        Bolin isn’t that great for comic relief, he was entertaining in the beginning but there weren’t many “LOL” moments in Book 2 of Korra. I think Book 3 will feature everything that we’ve been expecting in Book 2 of Korra. But Fillers are pretty important and i can understand why Aang has a frustration, probably because Naruto Shippuden is all but fillers, but these fillers are pretty important too. I cant wait to see some hilarious moments in book 3.
        About the Villain for Book 2, for those who say he is just a “i want to destroy everything type of guy-mainstream villain” than he is more than just that and he did have a motive, he was frustrated by how the world had been so technologically advanced and not “ancient enough” he basically wanted to start a new world and be the leader of this new world.
        I am hoping we will see some really scary spirits, i must admit the scariest spirit i’ve seen in Korra is that Spider one, the spider scorpian and the giant crocodile that attacked Korra and Jinora. I want to see some more scary spirits too, and i’m sure we’ll see them in Book 3. As there are two images leaked which show Bolin screaming and Bolin at the sink while Pabu doesn’t have a shadow, foreshadowing a vampire.

        • Aang

          How do you know that i am a Naruto fan? Well i just wanna stick with the main plot!

  • razorstar90

    Kevel I beg of you, please write an article about all the crazy theories fans are coming up with. The Duel-Bending, Rogue Air Nomads, Omashu as a dead lion turtle (YES That is a theory out there), robots and aliens. Please write it, and then we can all vote for the best/worst one.

  • blood red rose

    Does anyone remember about “killing off a main character” thing? Well like what azulaalwayslies said then I think a character might just get killed off.

    Think it like this…

    Season three finale, they are all fighting, the antagonist loses A.K.A. villain
    Then bends time and one of our beloved main characters dies. Or so we think…

    • Aang

      Time bending!? I have been off the fandom for a long time….whats the logic behind time bending exactly?

  • ALance

    Space/Time bending? Give me a break! LOL

    There is fire bending, water bending, earth bending, air bending and energy bending. Those are the 5 forms of bending that exist in the Avatarverse; those 5, and no others. Yes, there are other abilities, like blood bending, metal bending, and that spirit technique that Unalaq knew – but those are related to the 4 main bending forms.

    Space and or time bending seems very unlikely to me, not to mention a bit… well, I wouldn’t want that in the series. It wouldn’t make sense, and would also be way overpowered.

    I think the teleporting thing that both Korra and Unavaatu did near the end of the series, is as close to that, that we’re gonna get.

    As for the spirit energy enveloping the world and its inhabitants during the HC; I don’t think it has granted humans anything special. Remember that this also happened during the previous HC in Wan’s time. Humans didn’t get any ‘special powers’ after that, not that I know of anyway.

    I really can’t wait for Book 3 to air. If the trailer is anything to go by, the season will be awesome!

    • Aang

      Yeah agreed time bending is most unlikely.

    • Zuzu

      I think what Azulaal meant was that the Avatar can travel at the speed of light, and that is true and is in existence in the avatarverse. Raava and Vaatu aren’t the only powerful spirits, there are many more with different kinds of abilities.

      • ALance

        That’s true

  • ALance

    I doubt they’d go beyond bending the elements. That wouldn’t make much sense for this series.

  • Zuzu

    Personally I think the growth with Tenzin and Korra are both metaphor for the current mind state of the fandom.

  • daniel yefru

    the guy on the dragon has a blue arow so it cant zuko sadely :(

  • daniel yefru

    what do u mean by terrifying i know thats good but young kids watch it tooo so dont expect to much

  • meh

    actually on the contrary i feel like it’s going to be a different feel from avatar the last airbender.
    I mean yeah, avatar the last airbender was pretty gritty at some points and had many mature points, but it didn’t go overboard with the sad things. It did make us feel bad, but it’s not like it made us bawl our eyes out or give us chills. In legend of korra however, they sometimes push the boundaries. like legend of korra can be so chilling sometimes. you have:
    blood-bending going to a whole new creepy level
    a masked villian that is mysterious and creepy, not like avatar because it was just the fire-lord, who was just “take over the world” kind of guy (not like that’s bad, and azula was very interesting, but just saying)
    lin getting her bending taken away
    an incredibly sad brother back story (tarrlok/noatok)
    A SUICIDE-MURDER WHAT THE HELL
    CREEPY ASS EVIL SPIRITS
    THOSE DOGS IN A NEW SPIRITUAL AGE THAT BITE DOWN ON KORRA WHEN THEY TURN EVIL LIKE GOD DAMN
    freaking SOUL STEALING (that purple thing Unalaq was doing with Jinora and Korra in “New Spiritual Age”)
    how Unalaq freaking converts to this half spirit-half monster creepy ass thing
    HOW KORRA GETS RAAVA RIPPED OUT OF HER IN THE MOST BRUTAL AND CREEPY WAY POSSIBLE AND UNALAQ-VAATU BEAT THE SHIT OUT OF HER UNTIL SHE EVAPORATES AND ALL THE CONNECTIONS ARE SEVERED AND ALL OF THE AVATARS’ FACES BLOW UP ONE BY ONE
    so I feel like when they say Book 3 is going to be gritty and sad, its REALLY going to be gritty and sad, not just avatar-level gritty and sad. I mean, an animator cried while animated book 3. IF NO ONE CRIED WHILE ANIMATED THE MURDER-SUICIDE BOAT SCENE AND THE “BEATING THE SHIT OUT OF RAAVA” SCENE THEN I THINK THAT SAYS SOMETHING ABOUT HOW GRITTY BOOK 3 REALLY IS
    idk though, i like gritty,sad, and emotionally crippling stuff. count me in ;D

  • Sibis

    Boondocks started. I can see similar animation between it and Legend of Korra. They are done by the same artists and studio. Just that Boondocks has better facial detail and expression use.

  • LUNABENDER

    Is it just me or would it be badass if the new antagonist was a multi-dimesional, actually somewhat likable character, who also happened to be a brilliant villain and woman, like Azuela? We did more than just male water bender villains here.And We GOT NEED A FREAKING RELEASE DATE ALREADY. I HAVE AP EXAMS COMING UP AND NEED SOMETHING TO TAKE THE EDGE OFF!

    • Singe

      A female antagonist would be a huge change of pace since Korra’s opponents has mostly been older men.

      Maybe someone that wants her dead or complete ruination of her life, rather than knock Korra down a few pegs which she can get back up from.